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Bosque del Apache Photography Workshop

New Mexico, USA

Nikhil Bahl
Photography Workshop with Nikhil Bahl
8 people maximum
4 days
On a Bosque del Apache photography workshop discover the opportunities and excitement for capturing birds in action. Bosque is a spectacular haven for birds in North America, making it the perfect location to practice and learn new bird photography techniques.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit Bosque del Apache, a spectacular haven for birds in North America during a timeframe known for historic peak birding activity.
  • Practice and learn new bird photography techniques that you can use anywhere.
  • Get personal instruction in the field from workshop leader Nikhil Bahl.
  • Morning and late afternoon bird photography sessions offer hands-on learning in the field.
  • Midday classroom time reviewing tips from Nikhil as well as constructive image critiques.

Dates

Main Trip, 8 people maximum

  • November 30–December 4, 2021 (8 openings)

Cost Per Person (USD)

Price from $995
Full details

Want to talk first?

Call 1-888-667-0559 or 410-239-8025, Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Eastern Time. You can also send an email to editors@naturescapes.net.

Bosque del Apache photography workshop © Nikhil Bahl

Every year, tens of thousands of birds including sandhill cranes, Arctic geese, and many species of ducks gather each autumn and stay through the winter. At dawn and dusk, snow geese erupt in explosions of wings, and flight after flight of geese and cranes can be photographed going to farm fields to feed or coming in to roost in marshes. This bird photography workshop at Bosque del Apache is scheduled during a timeframe of historical peak activity at the wildlife refuge.

What You’ll Learn on this Bosque del Apache Photography Workshop

Improve Your Avian Photography Skills

This Bosque del Apache photography workshop is an excellent opportunity to improve your bird photography skills right alongside Nikhil Bahl. Whether you are making bird portraits, photographing memorable action shots, or getting creative with birds in flight, Nikhil will be focused on your photography and making sure you are getting the best shots possible.

Nikhil will be right by your side to teach you various aspects of bird photography including:

  • How to create the perfect photo composition of your subject.
  • Angle of light and the difference it makes in creating photos.
  • How to select the right focal length.
  • How to select the right settings on your camera for specific situations.
  • How to create consistently sharp images of birds in motion.
  • How to slow your shutter speed down to create artistic blur images of birds.
  • Post-processing tips and techniques.

“Nikhil was great! He was constantly checking with each of us about our camera settings and he challenged us to think about the background and what it was we were trying to capture in the shot/location.”

Carl K.

Itinerary

Sparrow at Bosque © Nikhil Bahl

First Evening

On our first evening together, Nikhil will give a presentation on what to expect during your Bosque del Apache photography workshop. He will also share several tried and true photographic techniques, a variety of shooting strategies, and how to interpret your subject matter creatively in the days to come.

Daily Morning, Midday, and Afternoon Sessions

Every morning and late afternoon we will go on field trips as a group to photograph birds. During our midday classroom sessions we will be giving each other constructive, in-depth feedback on the images we have made. Nikhil will also share his own post processing tips and tricks.

November 30, 2021

7:00 PM–9:00 PM
Orientation meeting and presentation at the hotel.

December 1–3, 2021

5:45 AM–9:00 AM
Sunrise field trip.

9:30 AM
Return to hotel for breakfast.

9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Break

12:30 PM–2:30 PM
Classroom session.

3:00pm–5:30 PM
Sunset field trip.

6:00 PM
Dinner

December 4, 2021

5:45 AM–8:30 AM
Sunrise field trip.

9:00 AM
Return to hotel (end of workshop).

This itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions and other factors.

Backlit snow geese on water © Nikhil Bahl

Includes

  • All photography instruction in the field.
  • All classroom instruction.
  • Private board room for daily critiques, image editing, and classroom instruction.

Does Not Include

  • Lodging; discounted lodging has been arranged. Our group code will be provided upon registration and receipt of deposit.
  • Transportation throughout; we will encourage carpooling to and from the refuge as it is a 30 minute drive from our host hotel.
  • Meals

Ring-necked duck © Nikhil Bahl

Dates and Cost

Dates

Main Trip, 8 people maximum

  • November 30–December 4, 2021 (8 openings)

Cost Per Person (USD)

  • Trip: $995
  • Deposit: $400

Trip Details

Dates

Main Trip, 8 people maximum

  • November 30–December 4, 2021 (8 openings)

Cost Per Person (USD)

  • Trip: $995
  • Deposit: $400
Extend Your Experience in New Mexico
You may also be interested in Nikhil’s White Sands National Monument photography workshop the following week.

Travel Ratings

Easy Activity
Intermediate Photographers
Based on Land
Non-Photographers: Yes, No Discount

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Leaders and Guides

Nikhil Bahl

Nikhil Bahl is a full time professional photographer, author, educator, workshop instructor and environmentalist residing in the Washington D.C....Continue reading

Photo Gallery

White-crowned sparrow male © Nikhil Bahl
Snow geese blur in sky © Nikhil Bahl
White-crowned sparrow female © Nikhil Bahl
Sparrow at Bosque © Nikhil Bahl
Snow goose moon sky © Nikhil Bahl
Snow goose landing © Nikhil Bahl
Snow geese landing closeup © Nikhil Bahl
Snow geese take off sky blur © Nikhil Bahl
Snow gees take off silhouettes with blur © Nikhil Bahl
Snow geese take off silhouettes against blue sky © Nikhil Bahl
Snow geese take off with cloudy sky © Nikhil Bahl
Snow geese takeoff © Nikhil Bahl
Snow geese silhouettes © Nikhil Bahl
Snow geese and sandhill cranes on alert © Nikhil Bahl
Snow geese resting © Nikhil Bahl
Snow geese and moon © Nikhil Bahl
Snow geese blur © Nikhil Bahl
Snow geese blastoff in sky © Nikhil Bahl
Snow geese blastoff in monring © Nikhil Bahl
Sandhill cranes take off on water © Nikhil Bahl
Sandhill cranes take off © Nikhil Bahl
Sandhill cranes and snow geese © Nikhil Bahl
Sandhill cranes in sky © Nikhil Bahl
Sandhill cranes lineup © Nikhil Bahl
Sandhill cranes in flight © Nikhil Bahl
Sandhill cranes amongst snow geese © Nikhil Bahl
Sandhill crane wingspan silhouette © Nikhil Bahl
Sandhill crane takes off © Nikhil Bahl
Sandhill crane takes off on water © Nikhil Bahl
Sandhill crane snow geese © Nikhil Bahl
Sandhill crane silhouette © Nikhil Bahl
Sandhill crane pair take off © Nikhil Bahl
Sandhill crane pair silhouettes © Nikhil Bahl
Sandhill crane landing © Nikhil Bahl
Sandhill crane in grass © Nikhil Bahl
Sandhill crane in flight © Nikhil Bahl
Sandhill crane group silhouettes © Nikhil Bahl
Sandhill crane couple © Nikhil Bahl
Sandhill crane blur © Nikhil Bahl
Ross
Ring-necked duck © Nikhil Bahl
Red-tailed hawk © Nikhil Bahl
Red-tailed hawk take off © Nikhil Bahl
Pied-billed grebe © Nikhil Bahl
Northern shoveler silhouette © Nikhil Bahl
Loggerhead shrike © Nikhil Bahl
Coyote eats snow goose © Nikhil Bahl
Bosque del Apache photography workshop © Nikhil Bahl
Backlit snow geese © Nikhil Bahl
Backlit snow geese on water © Nikhil Bahl
Backlit snow geese take off © Nikhil Bahl
Backlit sandhill crane landing © Nikhil Bahl
Backlit sandhill crane drinks water © Nikhil Bahl
American wigeon male © Nikhil Bahl
American wigeon male portrait © Nikhil Bahl
American wigeon female © Nikhil Bahl
American kestrel © Nikhil Bahl
American kestrel perched © Nikhil Bahl
American kestrel landing © Nikhil Bahl
American kestrel in flight © Nikhil Bahl

Registration

To register for this trip fill out and submit your registration form. A non-refundable deposit (above) is required to reserve your spot. See the About Our Trips page for cancellation/refund policies and other important information.

Want to talk first?

Call 1-888-667-0559 or 410-239-8025, Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Eastern Time. You can also send an email to editors@naturescapes.net.

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